Governemnt starts releasing CDF after two years.

Government has finally started releasing the CDF, Constituency Development Fund after almost two years.

Seven Hundred Thousand Kwacha CDF, Constituency Development Fund has been released to Luangeni Constituency in Chipata district.

Chipata Mayor, Sinoya Mwale, confirmed this to Breeze News.

Mr. Mwale says Luangeni is the first constituency to receive CDF in Chipata district but all the constituencies will receive the money soon.

He urged the people in Luangeni to ensure that they use the money for its intended purpose of attending to developmental projects.

Mr. Mwale added that names for CDF committee members that were submitted to Lusaka have been approved by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

He says what is remaining is for the committee elections to take place.

A rabid dog bites 25 people in Chipata.

A rabid stray dog has bitten about 25 people in Sido, Jere and Old Jim Townships in Chipata district.

Chipata District Veterinary Officer, David Mweemba, confirmed to Breeze News, that the rabid dog was moving around the areas and had bitten the 25 on Wednesday and Thursday last week.

Dr. Mweemba says the Veterinary Department received reports on the matter on Friday last week and referred the 25 people to Chipata Central Hospital and Kapata Clinic for post exposure vaccination.

Dr. Mweemba says officers from the Veterinary Department went to search for the dog on Friday, but could not find it, adding that it may have died, because a rabid dog cannot survive for more than three days after biting so many people.

He says the Veterinary Department is sure that the dog had rabies because it attacked a lot of people within a short period of time.

Dr. Mweemba says chances are high that the people, who were bitten by the dog, had contracted the rabies virus.

He says the department will start vaccination of dogs and gunning down of stray dogs once funds are available because the cold season is the time when rabies is common.

Dr. Mweemba urged dog owners to be taking their pets for vaccination to prevent rabies.

Three police officers arrested for corrupt practices

The Anti-Corruption Commission ACC has charged and arrested three Police Officers from Sinda Police Station for Corrupt Practices and Abuse of Authority of Office.

ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moon has confirmed the arrest of the officers to Breeze News.

Mr. Moono says that Imasiku Ndumba a male Zambian, aged 47 of Kawaza Compound, who is the Station Inspector at Sinda Police was arrested for One Count of Abuse of Authority of Office, contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act Number 3 of 2012.

This is related to the manner Ndumba authorized the release of Musa Zulu from Police Custody where he was detained for cultivation of banned psychotropic substances.

And Langford Phiri, a Zambian male aged 54 of Riverside Compound, Katete District, who is a Sergeant at Sinda Police station, was arrested and charged with One Count of Corrupt Practices by a Public Officer.

Mr. Moono says that Phiri received 4,000 Kwacha from Packson Zulu, as an inducement or reward for himself in order for him to facilitate the release of Musa Zulu from Police Custody where he was detained for cultivation of banned psychotropic substances.

He was further charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office, in the manner he facilitated for the release of Musa Zulu from Police Custody.

Mr. Moono further says that Dominic Chisha Ndhlovu, a Zambian male aged 33 of Kawaza Compound in Sinda District, who is a Police Intelligence Officer at Sinda Police Station, was arrested and charged with One Count of Corrupt Practices by a Public Officer.

He says that Ndhlovu received 4,000 Kwacha from Packson Zulu, as an inducement or reward for himself in order for him to facilitate the release of Musa Zulu from Police Custody where he was detained for cultivation of banned psychotropic substances.

Mr. Zulu says that Zulu was further charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office, in the manner he facilitated for the release of Musa Zulu from Police Custody.

The trio will appear in court soon.

 

Security guard jailed nine months

A 43 year old security guard of Hillside Girls Secondary School in Chipata has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment with hard labour on one count of trafficking in psychotropic substances.

Chipata Magistrate, Lubutwe Hara, sentenced Julius Njobvu of Magazine Compound for being in possession of marijuana weighing 48 kilograms.

Facts of the matter are that on May 8th, 2017, Njobvu was arrested by DEC, the Drug Enforcement Commission officers from his work place after being found with marijuana.

Njobvu pleaded guilty to the charge, stating that he was in possession of the marijuana for his own consumption.

And in Mitigation, Njobvu asked the court to exercise leniency as he is a first offender and that he is a family man, who is taking care of his four children and his grandmother, aged 92.

Magistrate Hara said that the court had heard his mitigation, but sentenced him to nine months imprisonment with hard labour effective from the day of his arrest, because he had no authority to be in possession of marijuana.

The magistrate said the convict can appeal within fourteen days if he is not satisfied with the judgement.